The Joint Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria (JDWAN) and the Lagos government will meet on Wednesday to discuss the continuing driver strike, according to the Lagos state government.
Due to allegations of extortion by the administration of state-run auto parks and garages, the drivers went on a seven-day strike on Monday.
On Monday, many commuters in the state were left stranded due to the development, and the cost of transportation increased.
However, the Lagos government issued a statement stating that a meeting with the organization had taken place on October 28 and another meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday.
The Lagos administration is reportedly investigating the requests of the drivers “with a view to finding lasting solutions to the challenges expressed by the association,” according to Sola Giwa, special assistant to the governor on transportation.
“He explained that sequel to the announcement by JDWAN to embark on a seven-day strike starting from 31st October, 2022, the State Government, through the Ministry of Transportation, had invited its leadership to a meeting on Friday, 28th October, 2022, despite its non-affiliation to any of the transport unions, such as NURTW and RTEAN, known to the State,” the statement reads.
“According to him, most of the union members at the meeting were from the Badagry axis and it was resolved that the meeting be adjourned till Wednesday, 2nd November, 2022 to have a larger house, which will include representatives of other recognised unions with a view to resolving the matter amicably.
“While noting that the outcome of the second meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday would be made known to the public, Giwa urged members of JDWAN to continue their daily routine without fear of molestation and intimidation as security agencies have been directed to maintain law and order.”
Those who were raising transportation prices in order to take advantage of the strike were also advised by the special adviser to “desist from doing so or face the repercussions of their illegal conduct.”